Columbia Threadneedle Investments' reached an agreement to acquire .
Terms of the deal, which is expected to close later in theyear, were not disclosed.
The transaction will significantly expand ColumbiaThreadneedle Investments' smart-beta capabilities. Emerging Global Advisorsboasts $892 million in assets and is the investment adviser to the EGSharessuite of nine emerging markets equity exchange-traded funds.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments is the global assetmanagement group of AmeripriseFinancial Inc.